Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Campbell and Sterrett were first to the end of the rainbow at the Lucky Leprechaun 10K

Master runner Jonathan Campbell celebrated Saint Patrick's Day on the street of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, winning the Northwest Florida Track Club's seventh annual Lucky Leprechaun 10K on Saturday morning, 17 March 2018. Finishing more than 400 meters ahead of the next runner, Campbell completed the course in 37:49. Karina Sterrett was the first woman in the 10K, placing fourth overall in 41:56. 130 athletes finished the 6.2-mile race.


Panama City Beach, Florida master runner David Shearon took second in the race, running 39:20. The 2017 Lucky Leprechaun 10K champion, Drew Brunner, was third in 40:32.


Ashley Selvey was runner-up on the women's side, placing eighth overall in 46:02. Margaret Compton took third in the women's standings and tenth overall in 48:05. The top woman master and fourth female finisher was Chrissie Kirila, fourteenth overall in 49:02.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Lucky Leprechaun 10K
  1. 37:49, Jonathan Campbell (M, 40)
  2. 39:20, David Shearon (M, 48)
  3. 40:32, Drew Brunner (M, 30)
  4. 44:13, Rick Leonardi (M, 56)
  5. 45:28, Bill Brewer (M, 53)
  6. 45:49, David Griffin (M, 55)
  7. 47:09, Jason Morway (M, 40)
  8. 48:22, William Gibson (M, 15)
  9. 48:52, Tim Dreyer (M, 54)
  10. 48:59, Randy Frith (M, 70)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Lucky Leprechaun 10K
  1. 41:56, Karina Sterrett (F, 29)
  2. 46:02, Ashley Selvey (F, 32)
  3. 48:05, Margaret Compton (F, 35)
  4. 49:02, Chrissie Kirila (F, 48)
  5. 49:21, Edie Ezell (F, 60)
  6. 50:30, Suzette McKenzie (F, 50)
  7. 51:02, Anna Calhoon (F, 29)
  8. 51:11, Mindy Carter (F, 30)
  9. 52:12, Jennifer Fox (F, 35)
  10. 53:44, Eve Phillips (F, 54)

The Lucky Leprechaun race was only a 5K when it was first held in 2012. The 10K was added in 2013, but the 5K has remained on the program. Choctawhatchee high sophomore cross-country runner Jacob Knox won the shorter race in 2018, running 17:52. Just under 100 meters behind Knox, Katja Blunden of Destin, Florida set a new Lucky Leprechaun women's record in the 5K, finishing second overall in 18:54.


Matt Blunden edged Chris Roach for second in the men's 5K standings, 19:08 to 19:09. Blunden and Roach were third and fourth overall. Frank McKenzie was the fastest master runner in the race and the fifth male finisher, sixth overall in 19:20.

At 21:00, Whitney Ezell was the second woman and thirteenth overall. Kelly Wild was the top woman master and third female finisher, 27th overall in 22:13.


457 athletes finished the 2018 Lucky Leprechaun 5K.


Top Ten Men, 2018 Lucky Leprechaun 5K
  1. 17:52, Jacob Knox (M, 16)
  2. 19:08, Matt Blunden (M, 38)
  3. 19:09, Chris Roach (M, 25)
  4. 19:17, Aaron Haugan (M, 34)
  5. 19:20, Frank McKenzie (M, 53)
  6. 19:33, Eric Davis (M, 33)
  7. 19:44, James Hurst (M, 27)
  8. 20:27, Brandon Joseph (M, 21)
  9. 20:33, Ethan Norton (M, 11)
  10. 20:38, Spencer Weide (M, 27)

Top Ten Women, 2018 Lucky Leprechaun 5K
  1. 18:54, Katja Blunden (F, 39)
  2. 21:00, Whitney Ezell (F, 30)
  3. 22:13, Kelly Wild (F, 53)
  4. 22:21, Paula Piazza (F, 53)
  5. 23:00, Marketta Rypova (F, 35)
  6. 23:05, Julie Scott (F, 38)
  7. 23:07, Susan McKenzie (F, 52)
  8. 23:08, Jenifer Tomasello (F, 37)
  9. 23:09, Andrea Korenek (F, 38)
  10. 24:08, Tiffany Law (F, 29)

Fort Walton Beach, Florida Lucky Leprechaun winners, 2012 - 2018
DateDistanceMenWomenFinishers
17 March 20125K17:45, Anthony Stricker19:24, Lisa Lewis
16 March 201310K40:26, Bob Walker40:12, Juia Tobias
5K16:37, Mason Powers22:18, Cheryl Wolfe
15 March 201410K38:32, Ashley Armstrong37:21, Cheryl Held
5K16:41, Caden Ewing22:53, Cheryl Veltman
14 March 201510K42:32, Jason Strong41:43, Elizabeth Heering96
5K17:23, Jason Nodjomian21:06, Nicole Escoffier257
12 March 201610K40:08, Douglas Bustillo45:38, Paula Piazza93
5K17:55, Austin Zivney19:13, Line Lauritsen345
16 March 201710K37:59, Drew Bruner42:02, Anna Morelock82
5K16:20, Jake Fisk19:35, Line Lauritsen290
17 March 201810K37:49, Jonathan Campbell41:56, Karina Sterrett130
5K17:52, Jacob Knox18:54, Katja Blunden457


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